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Boston’s North End

The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston St., will present a free talk, “Boston’s North End: Post-World War II Italian Immigration, Segmented Assimilation and the ‘Problem of Cornerville’” from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. James Pasto of Boston University, with comment by Marilynn Johnson of Boston College, will examine the dynamics and impact of Italian immigration in the North End via the lens of segmented assimilation. Depending on age, gender, parental style and opportunity, some immigrants assimilated “downward” into the Italian American street culture of the neighborhood, becoming more susceptible to the drug abuse and violence of the ’70s and ’80s, while others assimilated “upward” into a new Italian identity tied to the North End’s gentrification as an Italian neighborhood.  Registration is required for this free program. To RSVP, e-mail or call 617- 646-0579.

Staying creative

The Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., will welcome author Austin Kleon from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Kleon is the author of “Keep Going! 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad,” that gives the reader life-changing, illustrated advice and encouragement on how to stay creative, focused and true to yourself in the face of personal burnout or external distractions. Registration is required for this free program, online at or by calling 617-536-5400.

Introduction to genealogy

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., will host a new visitors’ day at 10 a.m. on Wednesday April 24. This free orientation and tour will introduce resources available at the NEHGS research facility, home to more than 15 million artifacts, books, manuscripts, microfilms, journals, photographs and records to help research family histories. Tour attendees are welcome to use the resources following the tour. Registration is not required. Further information can be found at or by calling 888-296-3447.

Jazz at the library

The community is invited to join WGBH’s Eric in the Afternoon in “Discovering Jazz at the BPL” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St. Eric Jackson will sit down with BPL Reader Services librarian Eileen Sherman to discuss books, video and related materials about jazz music in circulation at the library. Photographer Lou Jones will talk about his career and jazz portfolio and musical guest Laszlo Gardony will perform live. Call 617-536-5400 for more details